The World’s Highest Mountains

PS! The world’s “real” highest mountain, Mauna Kea in Hawaii, is not on this list – for the simple reason that most of the mountain is below sea level… “Only” 4200 meters rise above the sea, but we count from the sea floor, is the total height the whole 9966 meters!

PS! All the hundred highest mountains in the world are located in Asia (most in the Himalayan mountain range).

The world’s 10 highest mountains:

  1. Mount Everest – 8848 masl
  2. K2 – 8611 masl
  3. Kanchenjunga – 8586 masl
  4. Lhotse – 8516 masl
  5. Makalu – 8485 masl
  6. Cho Oyu – 8201 masl
  7. Dhaulagiri – 8167 masl
  8. Manaslu – 8163 meters
  9. Nanga Parbat – 8125 masl
  10. Annapurna I – 8091 masl

Legendary and deadly Mount Everest is the world’s highest mountain. According to, about 4,000 people have tried to reach the top, only 660 have succeeded and 142 have died in the attempt.

Highest Mountains by in Each Continent

Europe’s highest mountain:

  • Elbrus (Russia) – 5642 masl
  • (Exactly where the border between Asia and Europe has long been debated. Some claim that Elbrus is on the Asian part of Russia, and that Mont Blanc on the border between France and Italy, with its 4810 meters, is thus the highest in the continent.)

South America’s highest mountain:

  • Aconcagua (Argentina) – 6962 masl
  • (The world’s tallest mountain not in Asia)

“Plaza de Mulas” (“The Mules Place”), just over 4350 meters above sea level, is used by climbers as a starting point to get to the top of Aconcagua. Besides Everest, it is the largest permanent BaseCamp in the world.

North America’s highest mountain:

  • Denali (USA) – 6194 masl
  • (Perhaps best known by the former name: Mount Kinley)

Africa’s highest mountain:

  • Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) – 5895 masl
  • (The mountain consists of the three sleeping volcanoes Shira, Mawenzi and Kibo. The highest point is Uhuru Peak at the top of Kibo)

Oceania’s highest mountain:

  • Puncak Jaya (Indonesia) – 4884 masl

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